"If we were Facebook, we would choose which stories each user ought to see. But that’s ridiculous. It sounds like Moscow, 1934."
Farcebook as the #Pravda of digital totalitarianism. I never thought of it quite like this, but it's bang on.
OK, my wife and I finally got around to giving our koha to the Tapu te Ranga rebuild fund. Now there's no excuse! ;)
#ShowerThought you ever heard that the squeaky wheel gets oiled? I am that squeaky wheel.
"The totalist confession takes on a number of special meanings. It is first a vehicle for the kind of personal purification which we have just discussed, a means of maintaining a perpetual inner emptying or psychological purge of impurity; this purging milieu enhances the totalists' hold upon existential guilt. Second, it is an act of symbolic self-surrender, the expression of the merging of individual and environment."
"Therefore, one of his best way to relieve himself of some of his burden of guilt is to denounce, continuously and hostilely, these same outside influences. The more guilty he feels, the greater his hatred, and the more threatening they seem. In this manner, the universal psychological tendency toward "projection" is nourished and institutionalized, leading to mass hatreds, purges of heretics, and to political and religious holy wars."
"The individual thus comes to apply the same totalist polarization of good and evil to his judgments of his own character: he tends to imbue certain aspects of himself with excessive virtue, and condemn even more excessively other personal qualities - all according to their ideological standing. He must also look upon his impurities as originating from outside influences - that is, from the ever-threatening world beyond the closed, totalist ken."
Hidden #VPN Owners Unveiled: 97 VPNs Run by 23 Companies | #privacy #providers #tracking https://vpnpro.com/blog/hidden-vpn-owners-unveiled-97-vpns-23-companies/
Here's your irregular reminder to watch #TheCorporation, the excellent 2003 #documentary that explains what corporations are, how they came about, and how they're responsible for most of the dark patterns that turn massively organized human effort into disease pandemics, homelessness, starvation (mostly among poor farmers!), environmental destruction, mass surveillance, and so on:
"#DataTogether is a new model for distributed, community-driven stewardship of data. This model shows how groups of people, companies, institutions, NGOs, and governments can use decentralized and peer-to-peer web infrastructure to access, discover, verify, and preserve data they care about. We hope to build a future in which networks of collaborators make their data accessible to their peers, immediately discoverable, easily verifiable, and robustly preserved."
I noted some time back that #Signal were also developing a digital wallet feature for their chat app. Having seen their #E2EE tech integrated into FB Messenger, I have to wonder if some of those millions FB have given to #OWS (developers of Signal) have been funding them to work on the underlying tech of Libra for them. This potentially means that volunteers are working on code for Signal's payments features, thinking they are supporting #SoftwareFreedom, but actually working for FB.
So FarceBook are finally going full #WeChat and integrating a digital payments system, entitled "#Libra" into their social network and chat monopoly. The #LibreNotLibra campaign aims to challenge the misinformation FB are putting out to promote Libra (eg that it's a #blockchain - it's not) and mobilize resistance against it:
New #Disintermedia blog post, just syndicated the write-up of our latest #VOICE chat testing session, as written up by Naughtylus:
Also, this is an example of what can happen when we normalize the idea of blocking groups of people from otherwise neutral technical platforms for political reasons. Which is why I've been consistently arguing against #Tusky developers' decision to block a certain domain name in their #Mastodon app, despite sympathizing with their political motivations for doing so.
Remember when a bunch of us were lamenting the end of #GitHub as a (somewhat) neutral development platform for #FreeCode development, after it got bought by #McSoft, and lots of people were trying to tell us it was fine? Now they're enforcing racist trade sanctions on behalf of the US government: